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Man accused of being ‘Golden State Killer’ to plead guilty

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Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept.
Joseph James DeAngelo, identified as the suspected East Area Rapist / Golden State Killer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A man accused of being the rapist and killer who terrorized California residents in the 1970s and 1980s has agreed to plead guilty to dozens of crimes in return for being spared the death penalty.

A law enforcement source and a victim’s relative said Monday that Joseph DeAngelo, suspected of being the Golden State Killer, is expected to plead guilty on June 29.

The former police officer is then expected to be sentenced in August to life without the possibility of parole after the surviving victims and relatives of those killed confront him in court.

Sacramento County public defenders did not respond to comment requests.

One of the Golden State Killer's alleged victims was 27-year-old Gregory Sanchez of Pacific Grove, who was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula and graduated from Pacific Grove High School in 1972.

In 1981, Sanchez and his girlfriend, 35-year-old Cheri Domingo, were found murdered in a Goleta home.

California News / Crime

The Associated Press

Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is the Digital Content Director at KION News Channel 5/46.

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